The long awaited Freefly ALTA
has arrived at Heliguy HQ. It's a high spec hexacopter for professional camera flyers and can carry Freefly's MoVi gimbals.
What sets then ALTA apart from other pro rigs is the fact that it can carry a camera and gimbal on top as well as below. That opens up all sorts of new shooting opportunities.
The Freefly ALTA lands at Heliguy HQ
An elegant, high class piece of engineering
The ALTA isn't just a high class piece of engineering, it's an elegant, high class piece of engineering. It's curved arms wrap neatly around the sides of the frame for transporting and unfurl stylishly when you unpack on location.
The Freefly ALTA offers a great combination of lightness, strength and power. It can lift a maximum payload of 6.8kg (15 lbs). What's more it does it smoothly and quietly. The 6 X 18 inch carbon fibre and balsa, folding props combine with low noise, lightweight motors and Freefly Silent-Drive Sine Wave ESCs.
All of that means it's capable of lifting professional cameras including a RED Dragon, Sony F55, or ALEXA Mini. The gimbal is easy to swap around too. It uses Freefly's Toad In The Hole Quick Release System.
Freefly say the Synapse flight control system represents a new level of control, precision and reliability for unmanned aerial systems.
"The system combines high quality sensors with proprietary control algorithms to allow users to execute complex flight patterns with ease. It features an integrated on-screen display, high-bandwidth position control, live graphing, dual receivers, and has been tested for years by the industry's best pilots."
The ALTA's satellite receiver takes advantage of both the GPS and the GLONASS networks, which should give it a quicker fix and more satellites for improved accuracy.
Power for the ALTA comes from two 6S (22.2V) batteries.
At £6964 the ALTA
is pitched at the professional operator, who will probably also need a Movi gimbal. They range in price from £3267 for the Movi 5
to £9520 for the Movi 15
. The Movi 10
sells for £6610. All three gimbals can be mounted underneath the ALTA but only the 5 and 15 can go on top.
Freefly ALTA specifications
Length: 1000 mm
Width: 1145 mm
Height (to base of TITH): 220 mm
Length: 532 mm
Width: 515 mm
Height (to base of TITH): 220 mm
Number of Motors: 6
Motor Type: Direct Drive 3-Phase PMAC Outrunner
Motor Model: F45
Motor Max Continuous Power Output: 350 W
Motor Max Instantaneous Peak Power: 950 W
Electronic Speed Controller: Freefly Silent-Drive Sine Wave ESC
Material: Carbon fibre with balsa core
Propeller Orientation: (3) CW and (3) CCW Props
Propeller Type: 18 x 6 Folding
Nominal Battery Voltage: 6S / 22.2V
Maximum Battery Size: 240 x 180 x 80 mm Maximum
Battery Quantity: 2 Battery Packs (Parallel)
Battery Connectors: 2x EC5 (Parallel)
Maximum Gross for Take-off¹: 13.6 kg (30.0 lbs)
Maximum Useful Load²: 9.5 kg (21.0 lbs)
Maximum Payload³: 6.8 kg (15.0 lbs)
Typical Standard Empty Weight: 4.1 kg (9.0 lbs)
Typical Specific Power 4: 145 W/kg
Thrust Ratio at Max Take-off Weight¹: 2.0 : 1
LIGHTING AND INDICATION
Orientation Lights: RGB LED’s
Orientation Light Locations: Outboard on Boom Ends Orientation
Light Colour: User Definable
Status Light: Rear-Facing Red/White LED
Accessory Lighting Port: 12 VDC
Accessory Lighting Port Location: Outboard on Boom Ends
Vibration Isolation System: Silicone O-Rings
ISOLATION SYSTEM OPTIONS
1. Soft / Light Payloads: Red O-Rings
2. Medium / Mid Payloads Teal O-Rings
3. Stiff / Heavy Payloads Black O-Rings
Mounting Locations: Bottom and Top Mount
Mounting System: Freefly Toad In The Hole Quick Release
The Toad in the Hole mount
Model Name: Freefly Synapse Flight Controller
Flight Modes: Manual
Height Hold Climb Rate Control (Vario)
Position Hold Ground Speed Control Return-To-Home
Supported Inputs: Spektrum, S.Bus, PPM, FPV SD Video
Outputs: PWM, I2C, CAN, FPV SD Video w/ OSD
Supported Radios: Futaba S.Bus & S.Bus 2
DSMX, DSM2 (Spektrum/JR)
PPM, PPM Invert, PPM Graupner
Supported Radio Controller Telemetry Systems: Futaba w/ built-in
voltage sense port
Supported First-Person View Systems: Skyzone
First-Person View OSD Telemetry: User Configurable
Installed Transceivers: Wi-Fi
Data Logging Rate: 25 Hz
1. AT SEA LEVEL, STANDARD CONDITIONS.
2. TOP AND BOTTOM MOUNT. INCLUDES BATTERIES.
3. PAYLOAD WEIGHT TOP OR BOTTOM MOUNT. BATTERY WEIGHT NOT INCLUDED AND MOUNTED ON OPPOSITE SIDE FROM PAYLOAD IN TYPICAL CONFIGURATIONS.
4. . AT MAXIMUM TAKE-OFF WEIGHT, SEA LEVEL, STANDARD CONDITIONS.